Post # 1
Anyone know of a farm wedding venue with a barn on it for a reception in Upstate New York? My fiance’s family lives near Norwich and Greene. We would love to have a rustic, country-inspired wedding that’s elegant and not quite a ho-down. I’m mostly finding venues I like in Vermont.
Post # 3
I’ve shot a few weddings at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskills.
Their website could use some updating, but the place is amazing. Especially is your looking for a "rustic elegance". They have a outdoor ceremony site in a beautiful field by a stream, and you can have your reception in their renovated barn. The food is REALLY good there too. If you dont live too far away, you should go for a tour. The drive is nice too.
You could also try Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills (Westchester Co.) but they’re not "upstate"
I’ve never been there but it looks AMAZING. More upscale than the Full Moon Resort.
Post # 4
I just did a bit more searching on google, and came across this:
Its a barn in Rochester that they renovated into a restaurant.
I feel for you. Originally when we thought we were having a fall wedding we wanted to hold the ceremony in an apple orchard with a barn for the reception. It sounds so warm and cozy and family oriented!
Post # 5
Here is another site, aptly called The Barn, in Ithaca: http://www.thebarnparty.com/
I didn’t get a chance to visit it in person, but it looks nice in website photos. It was one of my top initial choices, but was vetoed by Mr.SV, so we found a park that we both loved. Marriage is about compromise, right?
Post # 6
The Crystal Barn is a great venue in Rochester NY if you are looking for something rustic but still elegant. They also do special packages for weddings.
Post # 7
You’ve probably already picked a venue by now, but I’ll post my comments anyway, in case anyone is trawling the blogs for info, like I am!
I have been to combo wedding ceremony/reception at The Barn in Ithaca. While the venue was nice, a couple of words of caution: street noise interefered with being able to hear the outdoor ceremony because it’s rather close to the road, and for those of us who were seated upstairs during the reception, walking up and down the stairs with a plate of food in heels was very precarious.
If you’re interested in going as far away as Rochester, try Hurd Orchards near Brockport.
Post # 8
I was just writing to comment about Hurd Orchards as well…I was in a wedding at the orchard and to this day it was the best I’ve ever been to. Beautiful, good food and private. Very fun!
Post # 9
I am having my wedding this May at Apple Barn Farm in Hudson, NY. It is about two hours out of NYC. They only have spring and fall weddings so they book up fast. Google search apple barn farm and their website will come up.
Post # 10
I had my wedding at The Full Moon in Big Indian, NY (near Kingston). The barn was converted into a space for cocktail parties/etc. It’s not really big enough for a reception, but definitely a cocktail hour or ceremony.
The property also has a lot of nice fields, a stream, ponds and a really nice big tent with permanent flooring for the reception. Unfortunately the photos on their website don’t really do it justice (and there are no shots of the barn)
Here’s a shot that I took in early April- hence how drab the colors are. The floor to ceiling barn door on the left slides open to allow the place to feel really nice and open.
Post # 11
Not all barns, or barn weddings, are created equal. Some barns are nice but they’re in a lousy setting. Sometimes the setting’s nice but the barn itself is nothing to write home about (the worst are the ones that have been so "prettified"–dry wall and polished floors everywhere–that you might as well be in the banquet hall of a Holiday Inn). It’s rare that you get both a beautiful barn and a beautiful setting. The Rolls Royce of barns is the "Dutch Barn." These were built by the Dutch along the Hudson River from the late 1600’s until the early 1800’s. There aren’t very many of them and they’re limited primarily to the area in and around the Hudson Valley. What sets them apart from other barns is their cathedral-like quality: their soaring height, their massive beams, their medieval floor plan. A wedding in a Dutch barn isn’t your typical generic country wedding.
If I seem to know way too much about barns, especially Dutch barns, it’s because in 2001 I took one apart piece by piece and moved it to my farm in Ancramdale, NY (two hours north of Manhattan). I spent a year meticulously restoring it to its former glory (it was originally built in 1799) and now have the great pleasure of looking out my window and seeing it towering over the cornfields. I’ll let you judge its merits for yourself:
We host parties and square dances and fundraisers and, yes, we rent it out for the occasional wedding. But I’m not here to hawk my barn, I’m just making the point that if you’re really looking for a special spot for a wedding don’t settle for the first red box with a silo you see. Shop around, there are some very unique locations out there if you take the time to look for them.
Post # 12
A barn wedding is what i’m looking for too… but the Hudson area is a little too far. We’re looking between Buffalo and Syracuse. We haven’t been to these three places yet, but ones on my list to check out are:
The Crystal Barn, in Rochester
Hurd Orchards, Holley NY
Becker Farms and Winery, Gasport NY
Post # 13
Hey! Im looking to have a Sept 18th 2010 wedding in the albany area. We are on a strict budget Want to keep it all under 10K, and have about 175 guests attending. We are looking for a barn/ farm location. SO far we have tried (with no luck either too $$/ or booked/ not enough room/too far) I know, I’m picky. If its near albany we may have a caterer lined up. (friend) So that would help the budget.
Pruyn House (sadly booked.. I loved that place)
Apple Barn Farm
Inn at Silver Maple Farm
Indian Ladder Farm
Wood Acres Farm
The Barn (tooooo far)
Were looking at The Ole Tater Barn (anyone been there?)
Post # 14
you can try the Appel Inn in Altamont (just outisde Albany). But like the Pruyn House farm, only holds about 125 people.
Post # 15
Thanks, they are booked for the 18th. I saw some bad reviews on them? Have you been there? They do have the 11th open. But am I wrong for not wanting Sept. 11 to be my wedding day. Although we didnt know anyone in the towers its still seems like a bad day to have a wedding.. But thats just me.
Post # 16
I liked the location a lot. The manager/owner is a little out-there but otherwise you have your choice of caterer, music, etc. I agree about 9/11…I don’t think I would want that as my wedding date.